At this point, doesn't everyone who pays attention to women's basketball just expect Maya Moore to win? Thursday marked Moore's second WNBA championship in her three years in the league -- in the same building she was first crowned a winner.
With the league's best record and a pair of MVP candidates, defending champion Minnesota is the favorite when the 2012 WNBA playoffs open Thursday.
The Atlanta Dream will be without center Erika de Souza for the rest of their WNBA playoffs series against Indiana after she left to join the Brazilian national team.
Atlanta lost all three games in the WNBA Finals, but only by a combined eight points. The young franchise and its young stars will only build off the experience going forward.
Just two years ago, Iziane Castro Marques had to keep telling herself that basketball should be fun. This season, as Atlanta inches toward its first WNBA finals appearance, no one needs any reminders.
As espnW.com previews the 2013 WNBA season, Mechelle Voepel takes a look at the Atlanta Dream.
WNBA commissioner Laurel Richie hopes the U.S. women's basketball team winning gold means more eyes will be on her league in the second half of the season and into the playoffs.
The WNBA just had a month-long break, but the playoff push will be intense from the get-go when games resume Thursday.